The immersive sci-fi shooter Goddess of Victory: NIKKE is about to celebrate an incredibly successful first year, with a huge drop of new content, featuring new characters and an all-new storyline complete with lush animated cutscenes and fully voiced. Whether you’ve played NIKKE before or not, there’s never been a better time to jump in with abundant rewards of 127 recruitment opportunities and a free Pilgrim SSR character Snow White: Innocent Days.
In a dark and twisted future, humanity has been driven underground by aggressive invaders, Rapture. The only hope for the survival of the human race lies in androids known as NIKKE, humanoid weapons developed to be the ultimate fighters. In this immersive shooter, you’ll build a team of badass warriors to take on the Rapture in gorgeously animated battles. Every character has a special weapon and skill set, making them all feel distinct.
Goddess of Victory: NIKKE has been praised for its gorgeous character designs and high-quality animation, rivaling prestige anime in its authenticity. As you collect new characters, you’ll also pick up cards that can outfit your NIKKEs with new weapons and gear. Boss battles provide a healthy amount of challenge that will require you to think tactically about how you set up your team, exploiting weaknesses and strengthening your characters with buffs.
Victory for the goddesses
In its first year, NIKKE has garnered a huge player base. The game has been downloaded over 25 million times worldwide, quickly making it a powerhouse in the mobile gaming space. From November 2022 to September 2023, the game was ranked 15th in terms of mobile game sales globally.
NIKKE has also delighted fans with crossover collaborations with some of the biggest intellectual properties from Japan in recent years. Namely, the anime/manga sensation Chainsaw Man, and the groundbreaking console game Nier: Automata, bringing characters from these immensely popular worlds into the game.
All of this success has been spurred on by the tireless efforts of the development team at SHIFT UP, who have been consistently pushing out new updates complete with new content for players to explore. The team has listened closely to player feedback and adjusted course accordingly, rebalancing progression and combat systems to provide the best possible experience for players.
The next chapter
Developers SHIFT UP have hosted a special livestream outlining all of the new features coming to the game for the first anniversary, and there’s plenty for fans old and new to sink their teeth into.
Raised in poverty, Red Hood has overcome countless hardships to become a member of the elite Goddess Squad, joining fan favorites Dorothy, Lilith, Rapunzel, Scarlet, and Snow White. In the new storyline, Red Hood will face her toughest challenge yet, facing what could be her final battle for her heroic crusade. Expect this new story event to pull on your heartstrings, as you enjoy numerous, lavishly-produced animated cutscenes and full audio dubbing for key moments in the tale. Red Hood will also get her own theme song, composed and performed by Norwegian rock band Djerv.
Players will be able to enjoy some generous in-game benefits too, including up to 127 recruitment opportunities. You can also obtain another SSR Pilgrim character, Snow White: Innocent Days, for free. Snow White is a fan-favorite character, who wields ‘the seven dwarves’ as her weapons. The introduction of her younger form will no doubt delight fans of the character, and will provide some insight into her backstory.
The livestream also gave the voice actors and development team a chance to speak about their experiences working on the game and even react to some of their favorite comments from players. “I’m excited for Red Hood to have her place in this world for the one-year anniversary and I hope y’all enjoy her as much as I have”, said her voice actor Paris Blu.
When asked how he felt celebrating this one-year anniversary, game director Yoo Hyungseok said, “Goddess of Victory: NIKKE received many people’s love in the past year, which gave us the strength to work harder up to this point. We’ll continue to improve the game into something you’ll look forward to next year and the years after that. Once again, thanks for all the love you gave us this year.” A new version of the simulation room – Simulation Room 2.0 – was also announced by Yoo, which will make it much easier to upgrade materials.
“Seeing all these posts once again made me feel NIKKE’s popularity, so I feel really excited and content,” said spine team leader Kim Jinok when shown a room with walls covered in notes from players.
Merch and more
Beyond the first anniversary, there is plenty more for fans to look forward to in the world of NIKKE. The Miracle Snow event is set to return for the holiday season, including newly improved animations and full audio, bringing an adorable, festive aesthetic to the game.
Outside of the game, fans will soon get the chance to rep their love for the game in the real world with the first-ever Goddess of Victory: NIKKE merch line available globally. Pre-orders will begin soon, so stay tuned! Level Infinite is also planning a real-life activation in New York. NIKKE ANIME NYC will offer fans the chance to receive exclusive gifts and participate in on-the-spot challenges from November 17-19.